Northern Ireland Community of Refugees & Asylum Seekers

NICRAS is a Refugee Community Organisation (RCO) which was established in 2002. It is the only refugee led organisation in Northern Ireland that represents the interests of the refugee community.

Year(s): 2002 - Present

Target group(s): Refugees, Asylum Seekers




- Supports the integration process of refugees and asylum seekers into local communities throughout Northern Ireland

- Raises awareness of the issues, problems and difficulties faced by refugees and asylum seekers in Northern Ireland

- Informs members of relevant changes to immigration policy and legislation

- Organises social and recreational events 

- Responds to the changing needs of its members.

Any refugee or asylum seeker in Northern Ireland can become a full member by Contacting Us and requesting a Membership Form.

Associate Membership is available to other interested individuals and organisations.

Type of product

Support programmes


Brief description of the product / outcome / method

 Support Projects

Home Plus
Home Plus runs a daily Drop-In Centre for destitute Asylum Seekers providing the following services:

  • Meals 

  • Clothing 

  • Shower facilities 

  • Laundry facilities

  • Interpretation services 

  • Weekly health care clinic 

  • Quiet/Prayer room

All services are provided free of charge to Asylum Seekers over the age of 18.

The Welcome Centre
The Welcome Centre is a day centre catering for approximately 50-60 homeless people, rough sleepers or people who live alone. It delivers a caring service for men and women from all over Belfast and all religious denominations. The Welcome Centre provides tea and coffee all day and a three course lunch daily. There are showering facilities, the opportunity to have a change of clothing and a laundry service. 

Open 7 days a week (including holidays) 8:00am – 10.00pm

 Information and Awareness Raising

Information is available on NICRAS website and facebook

Impact on target groups / Transferability potential

Promoter of the initiative

Name of organization / individual: Northern Ireland Community of Refugees & Asylum Seekers

Country: United Kingdom



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